One issue kept resurfacing: how to confront and deal with the virulent racism that remains a current in U.S. life.
Right-wing Republicans in the Missouri legislature and their main financial supporter, libertarian billionaire Rex Sinquefield, suffered a stinging defeat.
"All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington."
Across the country, participants at gun violence vigils vowed to pressure the Senate to pass a bipartisan bill, mandating background checks for firearm purchases at gun shows and online.
"Shame on us if we've forgotten," Obama said. "I haven't forgotten those kids."
People at the rally. like most New Yorkers, seemed to agree that good jobs and good quality education for all are necessary steps to ending gun violence on the streets.
Janice gives much of her time trying to make life better for working people and people of color in her community, in her union and in the world.
"There is hope, [when] young people lead us in a march for justice, for jobs, to have the courage to stand up."
Yesterday Nugent proved that he has no respect for the president, nor for those who fell victim to the country's unchecked wave of gun chaos.
Now is the time to bring about meaningful change and mobilize progressives to support those fighting for change.